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Under the Tentpoles: Oscars Boosted Tech Brands; Super Bowl Drove Auto Brands

Posted by Dale Buss on March 2, 2012 05:31 PM

While some automotive advertisers were toting up their marketing gains from ads that they ran during Super Bowl XLVI last month, some tech brands were gaining affirmation of their own strategies for Sunday's appearances in another "tentpole" TV event, the Oscars.

Volkswagen, for example, generated 1.9 billion media impressions through its Super Bowl advertising and associated activities, including 32 million views on YouTube of its much-touted video for the game, including the "Star Wars" canine teaser and its "The Dog Strikes Back" ad for the Volkswagen Beetle (above). That produced a "media-equivalent value" of $62 million compared with the estimated cost of $3.5 million to $4 million for 30 seconds of Super Bowl time.

"That was a strong payback from what was a significant investment in Super Bowl presence," Volkswagen of America CEO Jonathan Browning told reporters on Thursday.Continue reading...

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In the News: Most Admired Companies, Yelp, Hunger Games, more

Posted by Dale Buss on March 2, 2012 08:59 AM

In the News

Aereo is sued by major media companies alleging copyright infringement.

Apple, Google and Amazon lead Fortune's 2012 world's most admired companies ranking.

Apple could find politics on its side in China iPad dispute, while Apple and Samsung lose countersuits in Germany.

CNN was talking with Andrew Breitbart about new show before his death, report says.

Chrysler leads brand gains in robust February auto sales in U.S. market.

Disney draws criticism with governance panel.

Enterprise leverages NCAA sponsorship for March Madness.Continue reading...

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NAIAS Watch: Nissan and Buick Double Down on College Sports

Posted by Dale Buss on January 11, 2012 05:44 PM

Nissan and Buick marketers recognize the advertising juggernaut that the NFL has become. And their brands, like their rivals, are advertising during this month's NFL Playoffs, and many brand are gearing up for record auto-industry spending to advertise during Super Bowl XLVI on February 5.

But Nissan, its Infiniti luxury brand, and GM's Buick brand also have been making a departure from the football-chasing pack by investing more heavily than the rest in special marketing relationships with college sports, both basketball and football. Infiniti and Buick are the car sponsors of NCAA's March Madness basketball tournament.

And in the meantime, Nissan has been ramping up its ties with college football and the Heisman Trophy, signing a new five-year agreement as a "premier partner" with the award that goes to the game's best player each year. "It's a big strategic opportunity for us," Bill Peffer, Nissan's director of marketing communications, told brandchannel. Nissan wil be able to feature the Heisman Trophy in ads, for instance, and bring the hallowed piece of metal with it now on College Football Experience tours that it brings to football-crazy campuses.Continue reading...

Obama, Magic, Decker, Coke, Miller, Lopez, Worthy and a Hoops Game at Sea

Posted by Dale Buss on November 11, 2011 01:14 PM

Only in America, as they say. Or in this case, on an American ship -- a big one, the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, to be exact.

The ultimate in cross-promotional sports events will unfold this evening as the NCAA takes a cue from the NFL and makes a much bigger deal out of its "opening day" than has been its previous custom. In a 7 p.m. game on ESPN that will pit Michigan State versus No. 1-ranked North Carolina on the custom-made court, there also will be lots of other key tilts and branding opportunities: Former Spartan Magic Johnson vs. former Tar Heel James Worthy. Coaches Izzo vs. Williams. Sponsors Coke Zero vs. Miller High Life. Obama vs. Osama. And Brooklyn Decker vs. -- well, there might not be a match.

The NCAA is really good at ginning up Americans' enthusiasm for basketball in the spring, with March Madness and all. But this represents the college game's biggest attempt yet to turn up the marketing booster rockets beneath a part of the hoops season that typically is pretty limp.Continue reading...

Brands to Watch: Dior, Bing, Moet and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on May 12, 2011 06:00 PM

Brands to Watch

American Express forms venture with French luxury e-tailer, vente-privee.com.

Ashton Kutcher tipped to fill Charlie Sheen void on Two and a Half Men.

Bing continues to capture more searches as Microsoft's antitrust saga comes to an end.

BlackBerry product placement on BBC version of The Apprentice raises eyebrows.

BMW and Audi vie for luxury auto lead.

Bravo TV star Bethenny Frankel sued by former manager for a piece of her just-sold business.

Chevron criticized for corporate citizenship campaign in California.

Facebook claims no smear campaign intended by PR firm Burson-Marsteller vs. Google.Continue reading...

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Brands to Watch: Lady Gaga, Boeing, Cisco and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on April 5, 2011 06:30 PM

Brands to Watch

Apple wins reversal of $625.5 million patent-infringement verdict.

Boeing says it was surprised by cracks in 737s.

CBS and Turner TV ratings for NCAA Final Four tourney dip from last year.

Cisco braces for "activist siege."

Discovery-owned Science Channel rebrands to Science.

Facebook scores Obama town hall.

Lady Gaga's country version of Born This Way benefits gay youths.

Satyam and former auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers will pay $17.5 million to settle US fraud suit.

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Dove's Unlikely Pitchman: Magic Johnson

Posted by Abe Sauer on March 21, 2011 10:00 AM

On November 7, 1991 five-time NBA champion and three-time league MVP Irving "Magic" Johnson announced his immediate retirement from the Los Angeles Lakers and pro basketball. Johnson further said that he had tested positive for HIV.

The announcement shocked America, and Johnson became the public face of HIV, challenging Americans who had until then seen (and celebrated) the illness as afflicting only the gay community to come to terms with one its most celebrated athletes being HIV-positive.

So, not a soul would have believed anyone who had said at the time, "In 20 years, Magic Johnson will be the spokesperson for a major brand's line of men's hygiene products." But that's just what happened. During the NCAA tournament, Dove introduced its new campaign — "Journey to Comfort with Magic Johnson."Continue reading...

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Domino’s Leaps Off the Bench and Into March Madness

Posted by Dale Buss on March 18, 2011 03:00 PM

Rebrand using authenticity marketing that credibly trashes your own pizza products but ends up restoring trust in what you’re doing? Check. Light a fire under the chicken “wing” of your business after essentially ignoring it for a few years? Check. Re-enter national sports marketing after a complete two-year absence? Check.

Domino’s Pizza has ticked off the latest item on its brand-revival agenda by rising off the bench to become the official pizza sponsor of NCAA March Madness. For the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based brand, the men’s college-basketball tournament is its first national sports-marketing sponsorship since pulling out of NASCAR a couple of years ago.Continue reading...

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